Employment Opportunities in Biochemistry

Research Specialist

Research Specialist - Department of Biochemistry

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a research specialist position to conduct ongoing biomedical research in the laboratory of Prof. James H. Morrissey in the Department of Biochemistry.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct research into chemical modification of polyphosphate and develop new methods for detecting and quantifying polyphosphate in biological samples. Specific techniques to be used include electrophoresis, centrifugation, chromatography, immunoassays, enzyme assays, and designing and handling synthetic peptides. Supervise undergraduate students on their research projects, including meeting with the students to help plan their experiments and interpret their findings. Assist with the research of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by devising labeling methods for polyphosphate and providing needed quantities of polyphosphate derivatives for their research. Maintain accurate laboratory notebooks, compile data and record results for scientific papers, and present updates on their results at weekly lab meetings. As required, write drafts of scientific papers and patent disclosures, and present the laboratory’s results at scientific meetings. Assist the laboratory manager to maintain inventories of laboratory chemicals, cell lines, bacterial strains, nucleic acids and proteins.


Bachelor's degree in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a comparable area.
Experience with analytical chemistry techniques.
A good knowledge of chemistry, including analytical chemistry.

Master's degree in chemistry or biochemistry

Salary and Appointment Information

This is a full-time, academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedures and Deadline Information

To apply for this position, please create a candidate profile at jobs@illinois.edu and upload your cover letter and resume by March 8, 2017. Online application will require names and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by the closing date. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Cara Day at email caraday@illinois.edu.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu